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Completely revised and expanded for 2001 and beyond, this 2nd edition of Erik Molvar's definitive 1994 title encompasses more than 100 hikes in the vast Montana wilderness area, including Jewel Basin and the Scapegoat and Great Bear Wilderness areas.

About the Author

Erik Molvar has written more than 10 FalconGuides, including those to Glacier, Zion and Bryce Canyon national parks.

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Product Details

  • Series: Regional Hiking Series
  • Paperback: 376 pages
  • Publisher: Falcon Guides; 2nd edition (March 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1560447982
  • ISBN-13: 978-1560447986
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #419,967 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Veteran author and backcountry explorer Erik Molvar discovered backpacking while working on a volunteer trails crew in the North Cascades of Washington. He is the author of more than a dozen FalconGuides for such places as Glacier National Park, the Bob Marshall Wilderness, Olympic National Park, Zion and Bryce Canyon National Park, as well as Hiking Colorado's Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness.

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Serious Reader on June 14, 2000
Format: Paperback
If you are planning a trip to the Bob Marshall you will do yourself a great favor by purchasing this book, then wrapping it in a zip-lock bag for your journey. The book provides a comprehensive overview of every trail in the Wilderness area. It gives a succinct synopsis of each trail by describing level of difficulty, frequency of maintenance, and elevation change. The book further describes the ecosystem that you are hiking thru and assists you in understanding the bio-diversity of each area. Perhaps most valuable, the book also provides a precsient review of the hazards of each seperate area--and methods of countering these hazards. These hazards include micro-organisms in the water and of course the ever-present grizzly and black Bears. Don't leave home without it!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Edward B. Cogswell on August 15, 2007
Format: Paperback
Erik Molvar has written numerous hiking guides for Falcon; this one is probably his magnum opus. Comprehensive and thoroughly researched, it's replete with natural history notes as well as hike descriptions and directions to trailheads.

The sheer size of the Bob Marshall Complex presents a particular challenge to a would-be author of a hiking guide, namely, how to encompass its breadth without making every hike a hundred miles in length. Molvar's solution is to segregate particular sections of trail into hikes whose starting and ending points lie conveniently at or near the junctions of other trails, which he in turn describes in other hikes. You can thus piece them together to create trips of your own design. He also includes side trips (such as to summits in the interior) and numerous day hikes along the margins and boundaries of the Bob.

Appendices include segmented mileages of trunk trails that provide access to more remote portions of the wilderness (I appreciate the meticulous mileage notes throughout the book), and descriptions of several classic extended trips such as Spotted Bear to Benchmark and Benchmark to Holland Lake. Also covered are hikes in adjoining roadless areas (such as the Rocky Mountain Front and Jewel Basin) that lie outside the wilderness proper.

Molvar has seemingly tromped every mile of the places he describes. Buy this book and follow in his footsteps.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Aharon S. Weidner on February 1, 2007
Format: Paperback
If you really want to know about trails in The Bob Marshall Wilderness area this is covers the most important trails. The hike descriptions and profiles are quite helpful in planning a trek. I have used this book a few times although it is a bit heavy to carry on the trail. Use it to plan and take a copy of the hikes needed to cover your trek.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By H. A. Lambert Jr. on December 19, 2012
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I purchased this book as well as the author's book on Glacier NP. The Bob Marshall Wilderness was our backup if we couldn't get permitted to Glacier. Glacier was packed (even at the end of the season) so "The Bob" was where we headed. Without this book to guide us, we wouldn't have known where to go. The trail descriptions and pictures were very helpful and were consistent with what we experienced when hiked the trails the book described.

There was one short-coming with this book was that I couldn't have found the trailhead based on the description in this book. If I were a Montana native relatively familiar with the area, I probably wouldn't have had problems. Just as a word of caution, if your circumstances match up with mine, I'd advise that you call ahead to the ranger's office in the area to make sure you get good directions. The book had phone numbers and addresses for each district ranger office, so we didn't have to search for those numbers.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By distress.bark on October 28, 2012
Format: Paperback
Used this guide book to help plan a five day excursion into the heart of the North Wall area of the Bob Marshall Wilderness this past August. The guide provided invaluable trail information - trail signs are few and far between in The Bob, and in conjuction with a great topo map this guide helped us navigate our way safely through the wilderness with no wrong turns. Trail status can change annually in The Bob (the author does a great job of disclosing this in his text) - several side trails identified briefly in the book were virtually non-existent , so make sure to consult the local ranger stations when planning your trip. Will stew over this guide all winter to hopefully plan another trip for next summer!
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Great trail descriptions and accompanying maps, and nice pictures that lure you in-- it's all beautiful country and it's BIG and WILD- no roadway shortcuts or tour busses-- lots of back country! This is a good read (A FALCON Guide) and I recommend it highly! But I'd also highly recommend the Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex map(s) by CAIRN CARTOGRAPHICS. Both products reinforce each other, and will help assure a great and safe trip!
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[ASIN:1560447982 Hiking Montana's Bob Marshall Wilderness] gives a lot of information, but does not help you with designing your hike unless you have a good Forest Service Map of the Bob Marshall Complex. The details of setting up hikes were left out on purpose so there would not be overuse of certain trails.
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Great book about an amazing place! I read up on several trails before heading out into the Bob 2 weeks ago. It was an experience I'll never forget. This is an excellent companion for anyone seeking a remote wilderness adventure. I'll certainly be going back and exploring more.
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